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Today's Episode of Referee's Bloopers and Practical Jokes

A quick, weird note from the world of those wacky referees, from Sando:

Arizona Cardinal DT Darnell Dockett was fined $7,500 for a horse-collar tackle on Shaun Alexander in last Sunday's game at Qwest. For those not hip to the lingo, a horse-collar tackle is when a defender yanks a player down by the inside of his shoulder pads. Could seriously screw up a runner's neck and back, plus can mess up an ACL or two.

Why is this fine on Dockett weird? Simple: He wasn't penalized for the tackle during the game. Your team is supposed to pay a 15-yard penalty when you horse-tackle someone. Didn't happen.

The league is reviewing another very similar tackle that happened during the game. And also was not penalized.


Seriously. It's not just this. It's officiating in general. Everywhere. The Seahawks got screwed by it. The Giants got screwed in the Indy game. I don't need to tell you about the Oklahoma-Oregon fracas.

Are we gonna have to implant some computer chips and motion sensors all over the field? 'Cause this crap is getting really exhausting.